Faculty

Tania Hammer Luken

Rev. Tania Hammer-Luken, BCC-APC, M.Div.

System Director, Allina Spiritual Care & Pastoral Education
ACPE Certified Educator

After graduating from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), Rev. Hammer-Luken received a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. She completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN and CPE Supervisory education at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN & Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Before joining North Memorial, she was Pastoral Educator for Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, N.D. and accredited their Level I, II and Certified Educator training program. She was System Director for Spiritual Care & Clinical Pastoral Education at HealthEast Care System in St. Paul. She also served as Director for the Denver Seminary CPE Center and Pastoral Educator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she is an ACPE Certified Educator, a member of the ACPE National Faculty and a training educator for two Certified Educator Candidates. She has served as an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary. She is currently the CPE Administrator for Good Samaritan Society Specialty Care Center. She has 26 years of clinical ministry experience and six years of parish ministry experience.

Professional interests: spiritual life and leadership, outcome-oriented chaplaincy, value-based improvement in healthcare and the integration of faith and life.

Personal Interests: reading, time with husband Virg and two fur babies.

Jeanine Dorfman

Rev. Jeanine Dorfman | BCC-APC, M.Div.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Chaplain & ACPE Certified Educator

Jeanine joined the Allina CPE Center faculty in 2020 after serving as a CPE Educator and Manager of Spiritual Health Services for M Health Fairview. She's excited to return to Allina, having served Allina Hospice for many years and doing her CPE Educator training with the Allina CPE Center. Jeanine is a passionate learner and educator with deep compassion for suffering and trust in the resilience of the human spirit. She became a CPE educator after 20 years of chaplaincy in both hospital and hospice settings.

During her time in acute care settings, she has served in a trauma center, in various medical units of a community hospital, and mental health/eating disorders. In the hospice setting, she has done bedside chaplaincy and longer-term bereavement counseling and support group leadership. Jeanine is an ACPE certified educator, an APC board-certified chaplain, and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She holds a BA from Carleton College and an MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Kimberly Goodman

Rev. Kimberly Goodman | BCC-APC, M.Div.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Ethics Program Director
ACPE Certified Educator

Kim Goodman is a CPE certified educator and staff chaplain at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She has her B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead, and M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She did congregational internship in an Anglican church in the suburbs of London, England, and completed CPE residency at Abbott Northwestern. Goodman is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) and is active in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities area. She served as a staff chaplain at United Hospital with a focus on oncology, hospice and mental health for 14 years. She joined the spiritual care staff at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2012. Goodman lives in Bloomington with her husband and two children.

Kyle Vlach

Rev. Kyle Vlach | M.Div., LMFT

United Hospital
Chaplain & ACPE Certified Educator

Kyle traces his pastoral-heart and passion for healthcare to his time as a Nursing Assistant during college.  He has enjoyed dual education and development in the complementary fields of psychotherapy, spiritual care, and pastoral education.  Kyle believes that each of us has strengths and expertise in our lives, and is passionate about how supportive, reflective communities like CPE can help us find more authentic expression as we seek to care for others.  Kyle has served as a chaplain in three of Allina’s hospitals, managed Allina’s east region and CPE program, and has been providing CPE education since 2010.  He has been faculty at United Hospital in St. Paul since 2012. 

Kyle is ordained in the Christian tradition, and also draws from Buddhist and 12-step spirituality.  His education includes a B.S. in psychology and M.Div. with a post-graduate certificate in marriage and family therapy from Bethel Seminary.  Kyle completed both his CPE internship and residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, focusing on Mental Health and Cardiac care. He has a small private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist.  He lives up the bluff from United, and loves being part of the neighborhood where he teaches. He is a runner and amateur carpenter trying to keep up with his old house where he lives with his spouse and daughter.  His family has ties to Thailand where they visit as often as possible.

Joel Jueckstock

Rev. Joel Jueckstock, | M.Div., PhD

Allina Health Spiritual Care, North Region Manager
ACPE Certified Educator Candidate (CEC)

Joel, a native Minnesotan, completed his undergraduate studies at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) and earned a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary (St. Paul), with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education Manager for Allina Health.

Joel has served as a chaplain and leader in a variety of settings, including pediatric hospice/palliative care, trauma one, long-term care, community hospital, and medical centers. Joel is an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate (CEC). He is ordained in the Covenant Church and completed a Ph.D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Luther Seminary (St. Paul).

Professional Interests: practical theology, spirituality, grief, leadership and clinical ethics.

Personal interests: family, outdoors, running, cycling.